We’ve lost too many independent primary care and family practice physicians. But, for those fortunate practitioners who have remained in private practice, there are some new and attractive opportunities at hand.
So where did all the independent doctors go? Many chose to retire. Why?
Learn the “all weather” strategies used by successful private primary care and family medicine practices to improve profits and enhance physician satisfaction (Link)
Many physicians trade away their independent practices (and their patients) to join hospital-based primary care group practices promising:
In doing so, they generally receive little from the hospitals (no $$$) in exchange for both their practices and an extremely valuable non-compete agreement (insisted upon by the hospital for the purpose of limiting the rights of the physician to re-start their practice should they “separate” from the hospital for any reason).
As employees, physicians are subject to performance reviews by financial managers, whose primary concern is the profit generated by physicians. Should “accountants” decide that a given physician is “not making his numbers,” that “job,” like that of any under-performing employee, is imperiled!
The hospital, now in “possession” of the patients from the physician’s previous practice, has:
More tragic is that physicians who are “let go,” no longer have their patients or Practice to which they can return (that non-compete agreement!)
In the pursuit of hospitals’ profits, physician-employees may be strongly encouraged to:
The political uncertainty over the future of healthcare and the pressures of operating an independent primary care/family medicine practice can only increase.
For physicians who enjoy practicing medicine and can adapt while there is still time, there are much more attractive options vs. retiring or giving a life’s work away for the “privilege” of punching a clock as a hospital employee.
Learn the “all weather” strategies used by successful private primary care and family medicine practices to improve profits and enhance physician satisfaction (link)
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